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Group Classes are offered at The Clever Hound LLC!  See class descriptions for locations.  The cost for all classes is $150 for 6 weeks.  Discounts are available for multiple dogs or classes.

Monday Daytime Classes at Godfreys Welcome to Dogdom, 4267 New Holland Rd, Mohnton, PA beginning August 5

1:00 pm: Scent Work is for dogs eight weeks and older.  We will introduce the dogs to the odors and searches that will be used in the AKC Scent Work program.  No previous training is required.   There is a $10 materials fee for an optional but highly recommended odor kit for practicing at home.

2:15 pm:  Clever Dog class is an obedience and life skills class for dogs with some foundation training.  Depending on your dog’s level, you may prepare for STAR Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, and Trick Dog titles.  We will focus on leash walking, stays, and recalls with progressing distractions as well as some fun behaviors.   This class is appropriate for DIF K9 graduates of Puppy Start Right (7.5 weeks-13 weeks old) and DIF K9 “Basic Behaviors” class.

3:30 pm: AKC Rally Novice is for dogs 6 months and older who can reliably sit, lie down, and walk on a loose leash.  We will focus on training the behaviors and handling skills required for AKC Rally Novice, with course work included each week.  The foundation behaviors required for Rally Advanced and Excellent may be introduced as well.  

4:45 pm: AKC Rally for Competition is for graduates of Rally Novice class or dog and handler teams who have earned a Rally Novice title.  The focus will be on skills needed for advanced, excellent, and master courses.  Topics such as pivots, jumping, spins, and backups will be covered.

Monday Evening Class at Rocky Creek Agility 110 Hahnstown Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522 beginning August 5

6:30 pm and 7:30 pm:  Scent Work is for dogs eight weeks and older.  We will introduce the dogs to the odors and searches that will be used in the AKC Scent Work program.  No previous training is required.   There is a $10 materials fee for an optional but highly recommended odor kit for practicing at home.

Tuesday Afternoon Classes at  Rocky Creek Agility 110 Hahnstown Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522 beginning August 6

2:00 pm:  Obedience for Competition is for graduates of Clever Dog class or dogs with equivalent training.  We will introduce the skills needed for formal obedience competition, including heeling, retrieval, and scent discrimination.

3:00 pm:  Introduction to Agility class is for dogs 6 months and older who can reliably work off lead in a safe indoor environment.   The equipment and foundation skills for successful agility training will be introduced, including the basics of handling.

4:30 and 5:30 pm:  Scent Work is for dogs eight weeks and older.  We will introduce the dogs to the odors and searches that will be used in the AKC Scent Work program.  No previous training is required.   There is a $10 materials fee for an optional but highly recommended odor kit for practicing at home.

Wednesday Evening Classes at The Clever Hound LLC 769 White Oak Lane, Leesport, PA 19533.  All classes begin August 7.  Please note that Wednesday classes are held in a training room that requires dogs and handlers to navigate stairs.  

5:00 pm:  Clever Puppy/ Clever Dog (mixed level class)

Clever Puppy is for puppies between eight weeks and twelve months and adult dogs with no previous training.  We will introduce basic obedience cues like sit, down, come, and leash walking as well as introducing the puppies and dogs to new socialization and body awareness experience.  This class will give a great start to your dog’s training, whether he is destined to be a dog sports star or a great family companion.  Graduates under 12 months will earn the AKC Star Puppy Award.  

Clever Dog class is an obedience and life skills class for dogs with some foundation training.  Depending on your dog’s level, you may prepare for Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, and Trick Dog titles.  We will focus on leash walking, stays, and recalls with progressing distractions as well as some fun behaviors.

7:00 pm:  Clever Hound About Town is for graduates of Clever Dog or well-socialized dogs with the Canine Good Citizen title.  This class will include field trips to dog friendly locations in the community to help students to generalize their dog’s skills.  Graduates will have the goals of earning their AKC Community Canine and Urban Canine Good Citizen titles.  Class will be held in various dog friendly locations in Berks County.

The Clever Hound Tracking group meets on Wednesday morning at 9 am, weather permitting, at various locations.  This is a drop-in program only.  Cost is $25 per session.  No previous tracking experience is needed, but please email Cleverhounddogtraining@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Please email  for more information or to sign up for classes.  Class sizes are limited so that you and your dog will receive individualized attention.  All classes are taught by Megan Esherick CPDT-KA CTDI using positive reinforcement.  

If space is available, drop-in spots are permitted for most classes.  Drop in spots are $30.  Please email Cleverhounddogtraining@gmail.com for availability if you would like to do this.

Group classes are intended for dogs who are comfortable learning and working in the presence of other dogs.  If you feel that this would be a challenge for your dog, private lessons are always available.

If you are interested in a class but have scheduling challenges, please contact us to see if the schedule can be modified for future sessions.

Join The Clever Hound Novice Tricks Dog Sparks Team- a free online class where you and your dog can earn your Novice Trick Dog title.